What It Is
Pain in the neck is common and may be a natural consequence of aging in people over 50. Like the rest of the body, bones in the neck (cervical spine) progressively degenerate as we grow older. Over time, arthritis of the neck (cervical spondylosis) may result from bony spurs and problems with ligaments and disks. The spinal canal may narrow (stenosis) and compress the spinal cord and nerves to the arms. Injuries can also cause spinal cord compression. The pain that results may range from mild discomfort to severe, crippling dysfunction.